Dr. Menzie and Margaret Lipson Scholarship

This scholarship was created to award a student who shows great potential in science and/or engineering. If this sounds like you, we encourage you to apply for this scholarship.

Important dates

Applications for Trimester 1 2023 open 1 September 2022.

Applications for Trimester 1 2023 close 2 February 2023 5pm.


This scholarship offers cash payments up to $5800 per year for three or four years (depending on normal course duration).

The total maximum value of this scholarship is either $17,400 or $23,200.

Eligibility criteria

You should ensure you meet all criteria before submitting your application.

To be eligible you must be:

  • an Australian citizen or holder of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa
  • a commencing student, enrolled full-time in the Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Engineering degree (or a combined degree) in Trimester 1 2023
  • relocating from a rural or regional area of Victoria to study at Deakin University (on-campus studies) OR
  • currently residing in a rural or regional area of Victoria and studying online
  • able to demonstrate financial hardship, either that you receive a means-tested Centrelink benefit or have a personal or family taxable income below $56,000, depending on independence status.


.As a scholarship recipient you must:

  • maintain full time enrolment and not intermit your scholarship
  • pass all enrolled units and maintain a minimum Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 60 for the duration of your studies
  • write an introduction statement about your goals for study and what it means to receive the scholarship
  • provide a completion statement at the conclusion of your studies
  • be open to meeting with the scholarship donor
  • not hold more than one scholarship concurrently including those not administered by Deakin.

Students are encouraged to use the scholarship payment to assist with costs associated with tertiary study and general living cost and not to pay for tuition fees

Your application

Supporting documents

As part of the application process, you will also be required to upload current supporting documentation.

When you apply for this scholarship, you'll need to supply evidence of your financial hardship.

Make sure you choose the correct document type when you upload your documents as it will make a difference. If your documents are uploaded into the incorrect type they will not be considered when assessing your application. Remember it is quality, not quantity, which you need to provide. Aim to provide documents which are current, relevant and concise.

Read more about supporting documentation

Application tips

Applying for a scholarship isn't just about meeting the eligibility criteria.

It's a good idea to think about why you want a scholarship, it’s your opportunity to stand out and be recognised for where you’ve come from and where you want to go.

Read our top 5 tips on applying for a scholarship

How to apply

Apply through VTAC

If you’ve applied to study at Deakin through VTAC and have completed a VTAC scholarship application, you’ll be considered for this scholarship.

Apply directly to Deakin

All other applicants can apply for this scholarship directly to Deakin through our Scholarship Application Portal.

When applying direct to Deakin for this scholarship, select the 'Undergraduate Scholarship Application Tri/Sem 1 2023' option and, if eligible, your application will automatically be considered for this scholarship.

This reduces the number of scholarships you have to apply for and increases your chances of receiving a Deakin scholarship.

Apply for this scholarship

The scholarship application process is highly competitive with a limited number of scholarships available. Unfortunately, not all eligible applicants will receive one.

What happens next?

Your application will be assessed and ranked based on the details you provide and your supporting documentation.

If you are successful, you will be contacted by the email address you nominated within your application portal account, unsuccessful applicants will not be contacted.

You'll find out if you were successful usually within six weeks of the application closing date. If you have not received an offer by this time, you have been unsuccessful. You can view the status of your application via your scholarship application portal account.

About the donor

Dr. Menzie Lipson was a chemist who specialised in wool research and acted as Chief of the Division of Textile Industries at CSIRO for 18 years (from 1958 to 1976). Dr. Lipson’s formal service to Deakin University commenced in 1974 when he served as a member of the Deakin University Interim Planning Council. In 1978, Dr. Menzie was appointed to membership of the Council and in 1984 he was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Science. 

His wife, Margaret, was also an accomplished scientist in her own right. Having graduated with Honours from Melbourne University and awarded the Dunlop Rubber Company Exhibition for Biochemistry she went on to work for CSIRO in the field of biochemical research. During her short career she published several papers. As was common in the post war era Margaret traded her career for family life. She was heavily involved in the establishment and design of the original gardens at the Waurn Ponds campus of Deakin University and in her later years worked as a Librarian in the Deakin Library.

In their loving memory, the Dr. Menzie and Margaret Lipson scholarship was created to honour the distinguished careers of Dr. Menzie and Margaret Lipson by awarding a student who shows great potential in science and/or engineering.

Next offering period

This scholarship is yet to be confirmed for any future offering periods. Please check back at this page at a later date for any updates.